The Politics Around The Caste Census

Caste manifests in social, economic, political and educational inequalities among various classes of the Indian society, yet there is no official caste populations available except of Dalits and Adivasis (SCs and STs in official parlance), which is collected in the decennial Census of India, last in 2011. In fact, a full caste census was last carried out about 90 years ago, in 1931. The last effort at a caste census i.e.

On CPI(M)’s Review of the 2021 West Bengal Elections

Two months after the announcement of the West Bengal poll results, CPI(M) state secretary and polit bureau member Surjya Kanta Mishra addressed a Facebook live programme on 7 July. His nearly two-hour-long address came in the wake of two months of organisational review of the West Bengal poll outcome at different levels of the party organisation and mass organisations led by the party. The address thus can be seen as a public articulation of the CPI(M)’s essential election review.

Modi’s Mega Cabinet Reshuffle: Jumbo Cabinet, Zero Governance

Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, the Modi government has effected a mega cabinet reshuffle. Several ministers resigned before the reshuffle to make room for the changes, several had their responsibilities swapped or modified, while a few others were inducted for the first time. Modi’s self-proclaimed motto of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ is fast turning into its opposite: ‘jumbo cabinet, zero governance’!